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Where Are The Sabres Offensively With The Drew Stafford Signing

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During the offseason, we will keep refreshing the Sabres salary cap and roster situation with every signing and trade that the Sabres make. After the Drew Stafford signing, here is how the Sabres forwards sit three weeks before the NHL Draft, all figures from CapGeek.com

Forwards under contract

Thomas Vanek - $7,142,857 cap hit
Jason Pominville - $5,300,000 cap hit along with a modified no trade clause
Derek Roy - $4,000,000 cap hit
Brad Boyes - $4,000,000 cap hit
Drew Stafford - $4,000,000 cap hit
Jochen Hecht - $3,525,000 cap hit
Paul Gaustad - $2,300,000 cap hit
Patrick Kaleta - $907,500 cap hit
Tyler Ennis - $875,000 cap hit

The rest of players and what we think the Sabres might do with their forwards after the jump.

Restricted free agents

Nathan Gerbe - Last contract had a cap hit of $850,000

Unrestricted free agents

Tim Connolly - Last contract had a cap hit of $4,500,00 
Mike Grier - Last contract had a cap hit of $1,500,00 and a no-movement clause
Rob Niedermayer - Last contract had a cap hit of $1,250,000 
Cody McCormick - Last contract had a cap hit of $500,000

Prospects That Could Make A Charge At the Roster

Luke Adam - Cap hit of $875,000
Zack Kassian - Cap hit of $870,000

Sabres forward cap hit - $32,050,357
Sabres total cap hit - $44,842,024
Total Number of Forwards signed - 9
Total Amount of Cap Space - $17,557,976

The Sabres are still missing that top two line center as the only centers that are under contract are Derek Roy, Paul Gaustad, and Jochen Hecht. The Sabres will most likely have to trade either a series of prospects and picks or one of the handful of defensemen they should have after all of the restricted free agents are signed to get a top two line center as there aren't that many quality centers on the free agency market. The team will need at least another two or three forwards after Nathan Gerbe is signed and will probably have to make a splash of $12.5 million total in cap space to fill out that department.